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Australian Body Art Festival 2017

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by Susan J Bowes (subscribe)
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Cooroy comes alive to the creativity of amazing artists
For years I have been attending the Australian Body Art Festival on the Sunshine Coast. This year the iconic festival has moved to a new location at the Lower Mill Site in Cooroy.

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Australian Body Art Festival (Photo courtesy of Australian Body Art Website)


Cooroy is located in the northern end of the Sunshine Coast hinterland and approximately twenty-two kilometres west of Noosa Heads. Cooroy got its name from the Cooroy Mountain which was originally named Coorooey; this being an Aboriginal word for possum. As early as 1863 timber-cutters explored the area developing the town's main industry with two operating sawmills. The area then moved into dairy and fruit growing and in 1915 a butter factory was opened.

The Cooroy Chamber of Commerce President, Danielle Taylor, advised that the event will be held on the weekend of 8 and 9 April 2017 with the theme of this year being "Wonderland".

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Creativity plus!! (Photo courtesy of Australian Body Art Festival)


The festival, now well-known attracts artists and spectators from across Australia and overseas. The competition will be focusing on temporary body painting in categories of brush and sponge, airbrush, special effects and face painting along with wearable art and photography, both amateur and professional artists are invited to enter this year.

If you have ever stood and watched an artist at work, it is an awesome sight indeed as he or she transforms the canvas of a human body into an oasis of design and creativity.

Misc, Learn Something, Art, Sunshine Coast, Cooroy, Outdoors
Photo courtesy of Australian Body Art Festival


If you would like to be part of this premier body art event, you can do so by registering on their website and choosing the category you wish to enter. These include:

Weekend Competitor
Brush and Sponge
Airbrush Competition
Special Effects
Face painting Comp
Wearable Art Comp
The Photography Comp is completely sold out.

Being the artist may not be your forte, however you can still be involved in other roles - example volunteer, model, and trade stall operators. Sponsors for this years' event are Cooroy Chamber of Commerce, Firefly Solutions, Tourism Noosa, The Cooroy App, CCTV Specialists, AFABA Inc. Gelignite Jacks, Cooroora Woodworkers Club, Funtopia, Studio Republic, 1300FacePaint, Bunnings, Mix FM, Butter Factory Arts Centre, The Blacksmiths, Always Wicked Art, Bold as Love, Hinternoosa, Derivan and Hire a Loo.

The Australian Body Art Festival is a free not-for-profit community event and you can join them in assisting to raise $5,000 to pay for some of the infrastructure for the event such as the hire of large marquees, stage, catwalk and sound and lighting equipment. Donations can be made through their website and start at $10. Each donation awards the recipient with a small gift as a token of the festival.

Misc, Art, Learn Something, Sunshine Coast, Cooroy, Outdoors
Photo courtesy of Australian Body Art Festival 2017


If you have never been to this festival, you are in for some amazing sights. The end result is just incredible and my first visit to this festival took my breath away with the knowledge that there are artists with the most amazing creativity and dexterity. Why not sign up for their newsletter or make contact through their website or Facebook page. This is an event you will not want to miss.
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Why? An amazing weekend of art and creativity
When: 8 & 9 April 2017
Phone: http://australianbodyart.com.au/contact-us/
Where: Cooroy
Cost: Free entry
Your Comment
I have to say that body artwork has become a very interesting type of creative artwork and pretty impressive too
by RC (score: 3|1221) 975 days ago
Wow this is amazing!
by Jay Johnson (score: 3|1368) 971 days ago
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